Sunday, 13 June 2010

Pottering about the city - part 2

After viewing the festival Brian decided to switch bicycles to his classic single speed Bridgestone so as he lives close by we back tracked a little to Brian's apartment for him to switch bicycles before proceeding towards the cycle path along side the Shinano river the runs through the center of Niigata city. This cycle/walking path is very popular with everyone living in the city and well used with several toilets and drink fountains located alongside the path. This afternoon there were a lot of people out on the river training from the local rowing club which you can see in the background of one of the above photos. After crossing another river we stopped of at a shopping center to raid the bakery and stock up on cold cans of beer for a riverside lunch. It was rather pleasant sitting by the river chatting over lunch and after we had finished we headed back towards the city along the coastal cycle path stopping in a nearby park before Brian located some single track through the trees which was a short cut back to the main road.

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